Sula Vineyards 2003 Nashik (India) Sauvignon Blanc ($15.00)
This is a clear, pale straw-color wine, with a luscious musky-melon scent of almost over-ripe canteloupe. More restrained on the palate, it's fresh, crisp and bright, with good white fruit and snappy acidity in balance. An intriguing effort from India, an offbeat but rapidly emerging wine region. US Importer: Dreyfus Ashby & Co., NYC. (Feb 2, 2005)

FOOD MATCH: Would go anywhere a fruity-style Sauvignon Blanc would serve, good with poultry, seafood and a range of vegetarian fare. I enjoyed it at a fine Iranian restaurant, where it paired beautifully with two disparate dishes, pistachio soup (Aushe Pesteh) and grilled lime-and-saffront-marinated quails, Beldercheen).



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